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Title: Mother-offspring relationships in red deer (Cervus Elaphus L.) and the social organization of an enclosed group
Author: Hall, Marion Janis
ISNI:       0000 0001 3526 8216
Awarding Body: University of Sussex
Current Institution: University of Sussex
Date of Award: 1978
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The main aims of this project were to look at the development of the mother-offspring relationship with time, and at differences in that relationship between hinds of various categories, divided according to sex of calf and reproductive status of mother. Initially, data from the wild population of red deer on the Isle of Rhum on the association between a hind and her offspring less than two years old were analysed. Changes in association with time and differences between hinds of the various categories are described. In addition, detailed behavioural observations were made of a group of semi-tame deer in a large enclosure. Parturition and early behaviour of mother and calf is described, and red deer behaviour at this time compared with that of other ungulates. Much of the behaviour can be interpreted in terms of predator-avoidance. Quantitative measures of proximity and maintenance of proximity between mother and young and of the interactions between them were used to describe the mother-offspring relationship. As in the wild population, there are differences in the relationship due to sex of calf and reproductive status of mother.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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